In Red Wings Land
This article is pretty similar to our article from yesterday, but there really isn’t too much more news for now. That will likely change in the next few days, but for now, this is what we have.
Daley, 33, is Detroit's No. 1 choice. He's not big (5-11, 195) but he's extremely mobile and considered a good team player, qualities that appeal to the Red Wings. He's coming off two Stanley Cup championships with Pittsburgh.
Hainsey, 36, Daley's teammate during the 2017 Cup run, is big (6-3, 210), but often criticized for being soft. But he's also mobile with a good reach, a left shot who can play the right side and log a lot of minutes.
Around the NHL
We have two related stories today. The first is that reportedly, Connor McDavid is going to sign the highest contract in league history. And he’s still leaving money on the table.
It isn’t finalized yet, but Connor McDavid’s new deal with the Edmonton Oilers is in the neighbourhood of $13.25 million for eight years. (Neither the Oilers nor McDavid’s agent, Jeff Jackson, would comment.) That’s a win for everyone.
Initially, the Oilers worried their captain might only want five years, but they get him for maximum term. It’s a win for McDavid — for obvious reasons.
McDavid is worth every penny, and likely more. I wonder if he’ll be wishing he could have had an opt-out clause sometime before year 8 of his contract.
McDavid’s teammate Leon Draisaitl is also up for an extension. This article looks at how his negotiations will play out.
Also: If nobody gives Draisaitl a 9M offer sheet, I don’t know if we’ll ever see another offer sheet. (I don’t think we’ll ever see another offer sheet).
So, if Chiarelli considers it a good business practice to go maximum term and pay more in the short term for his best player, does he think the same way when it comes to his second best player?
Neither Chiarelli nor Draisaitl’s agent Mike Liut would comment, but industry comparables continually pair Draisaitl’s second contract — which will go into effect this coming season — alongside the one signed by St. Louis sniper Vladimir Tarasenko when he inked his second deal.